Classes Spring 2021

These are the courses that I am teaching this spring term (subject to change):

How to Meet with Me

Office Hours for Spring 1 2020

I will be on campus during standard work hours and welcome socially distanced or PPE-protected meetings.

I will be available for questions relating to class anytime, but Monday through Friday 8:00 to 9:50 am is reserved for the Software Design Class online.

Virtual Office Connection Information

Contact me through Microsoft Teams or join me in my WebEx room. It is best to email me ahead of time to set up an appointment!!

Barbara Johnson's Personal Room (WebEx) | 926504322

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 926 504 322


My research primarily is in the field of educational technology with a particular focus on the educational uses of computer games (commercial and serious), simulations, and virtual worlds and the cultural, social, and policy issues that this raises. I seek to improve education through playful, experiential learning using commercial, off-the-shelf games as well as serious games developed for educational purposes.

Yes, I research computer games. It's a rough life.

I also research ways to increase diversity in computer science through informal (afterschool and out of school) game modding and development opportunities.

If you are interested in either of these two areas, see my Research page - or come and talk to me.